Today was a baptism by fire-first day of teaching remotely and I have a six on day. It was slightly tortuous with all sorts of connectivity issues: Compass was down, there was lag, my carefully created website had various permission issues with documents not visible until I gave kids permission, I created online videos filming my screen with my phone and posted on YouTube as private and then had to change settings. The first lesson I spent one hour online with kids sorting through everything. But we got there in the end.
Had very high attendance with online video conferencing, which speaks highly of our school structure and our parents emphasis on education. After each lesson I emailed all students who did not attend about the work they needed to complete. Tomorrow I have spares and will be going through and checking their work. Considering it was the first day and it was a bit chaotic, I'm really happy with how it went. Hopefully it will get smoother as we go.
My daughter also had her first day of remote learning and she was a star. She completed all the tasks on her schedule. She was video conferencing with friends while doing Maths, but then found it too distracting because they were talking about non-related things. She a slight wobbly because she struggled a little with the Maths topic, but hubby calmed her down and got her on track.
It was a big day and we were pooped. I'd had insomnia last night and had to nap to recover, and then needed a pick me up in the form of one of my all time favourite rom-com movies.
No writing today. I'm in teaching brain and after spending all day in front of the screen my brain is fried. My writing routine was to get up at 6 am and write before work, so that's what I'm going to have to come back to next week.
What I'm watching:
Crazy Stupid Love on Netflix. I love this movie so much and have probably watched it about eight times. It makes me so happy and is such a beautiful and real depiction of true love. Rom coms are usually sappy and ridiculous, but this one is so beautiful and real. And Ryan Gosling is yumalicious.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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